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  • Styling and profiling - LV native launches fashion line

    As an actor, model and reality TV star known around the globe, Antonio Sabato Jr. is a fitting choice to be the face of the Pirata Della Strada fashion line.

    But while Sabato may be the face of the business, the heart, soul and creative brain of Pirata Della Strada belong to John Shallenberger.

    Shallenberger was raised in Las Vegas, N.M., and is a graduate of West Las Vegas and New Mexico Highlands University. Today, he and wife Courtney are raising daughter Emi, 13, and son Kian, 11, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

  • City may add user fees

    Looking to offset some of the costs associated with processing credit card and debit card transactions, the Las Vegas City Council is being asked to consider tacking on a convenience fee for various billings.

    That is among the items expected to be on the agenda for this Wednesday’s regular meeting at City Hall.

  • Martinez vetoes teacher leave bill

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed a bill Thursday that would have increased the number of sick days that public school teachers can take without impacting their job performance evaluations.

    The Republican governor said the bill threatened to reverse recent reductions in teacher absentee rates and to increase the use of substitutes in classrooms.

  • ‘Longmire’ begins shoot of final season

    It’s the last roundup for Walt Longmire and his popular television series.

    “Longmire” producers issued a casting call for extras last week, luring more than a hundred people to Travellers Café on the Old Town Plaza. The Netflix series will begin shooting its sixth and final season this month in and around Las Vegas and other locales across northern New Mexico.

  • In Brief - News - March 12, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Coyote killing targeted
    SANTA FE — The Legislature has taken a step toward outlawing coyote killing contests for prizes or entertainment, without placing restrictions on hunting or trapping the animals.

    The state Senate voted 26-15 Thursday on a bill that would make it illegal to organize, sponsor or participate in a coyote killing contest. The initiative now moves to the House, where lawmakers debated a similar bill in 2013 for two hours before voting it down.

  • Plan would raise taxes to address budget shortfall

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Senate panel released a plan Thursday to raise $350 million in new taxes and fees to shore up New Mexico state finances in the coming fiscal year, amid a grinding budget crisis linked to energy prices and a sluggish economy.

    After a week of backroom meetings, the Senate Finance Committee announced amendments to a House-approved taxation bill that would more aggressively increase revenue to close a $128 million budget shortfall and rebuild state reserves to protect New Mexico’s credit rating.

  • School lunch bill gets Senate nod

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A bill to ensure that New Mexico children are served school meals even if their parents do not pay on time has been approved by the Senate.

    The Senate voted 30-7 on Thursday in favor of the bill that outlines debt collection procedures for unpaid breakfasts and lunches at public, private and religious schools that accept federal subsidies for student meals.

    The bill also prohibits schools from calling attention to a child who can’t pay or requiring they do chores to help pay for food, to avoid any stigma.

  • USDA selects Randa York as employee of the month

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico has selected Randa York as the March 2017 “Employee of the Month.”

    York is a native of Fort Sumner. She is the daughter of Ralph and Rita York of that community.

    She is a Soil Conservationist with the USDA Service Center in Las Vegas. She was selected from the more than the 120 employees of the NRCS New Mexico, which has field offices in 35 locations across the state. NRCS New Mexico offices can be found in every county except for Los Alamos.

  • Special session?

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The focus of New Mexico lawmakers on “meaningless bills” such as establishing the official state dance may force Gov. Susana Martinez to call a special session to deal with larger issues such as the strapped budget, a spokesman for the governor said Tuesday.

  • Ex-city clerk charged in wrong-way crash

    Sheryl Yara, a former Las Vegas city clerk, was arrested on Saturday night as a result of a wrong-way crash, just south of Las Vegas.

    She has been charged with aggravated DWI, causing great bodily harm by vehicle due to DWI, and driving the wrong way.

    This is her first DWI.